Private car use in West Yorkshire must be cut by at least a fifth to meet the conurbation’s pledge to be net zero carbon by 2038, according to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
The WYCA has assessed three ways to achieve the 2038 target:
Under the pathways, transport sector carbon dioxide emissions by 2038 are forecast to fall by:
The combined authority says the transport implications are:
Overall, the pathways are assumed to deliver between a 73 per cent and 82 per cent reduction in total economy-wide emissions. “The remaining 27 percent to 18 percent could be reduced through a combination of specific, ambitious measures and innovative new technologies as they become available,” said officers.
These could include:
WYCA is not committed to any of the pathways. “It is proposed that we do not commit to a specific pathway that has been modelled in the study at this stage due to the uncertainty that exists around the deployment of specific measures identified,” said a report by WYCA senior project officer Noel Collings presented to councillors last week. “To fully commit to a pathway, we need the Government to make decisions on certain issues, including the preferred route for heat decarbonisation in our homes and buildings, support for carbon capture and storage, and national policy on reducing emissions from aviation.”
The next step in the work is the preparation of an ‘implementation roadmap’ plotting when and how each sector can reduce carbon emissions. This will be followed by an action plan.
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